Smith Wing

The Smith Wing shows huge kauri logs and has actual equipment for felling trees, transporting logs, milling timber and collecting kauri gum. Displays include huge steam engines for powering saw mills and log haulers, a recreated pit saw, and a horse-driven bush whim. A blacksmith’s workshop, bush shanty and a model kauri dam (enormous structures built to 'flush' logs downstream) are also in this part of the Museum.

 

A favourite item with visitors is a stunning wooden bath, adzed from a single kauri log. The bath was carved by a local farmer in the 1920s for his wife, who refused to move to the farm unless it had one.